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11.27.2012 , 01:52 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Beniboybling View Post
“No game of dejarik can be won without pawns...”

Round 3: Darth Traya vs Revan

Welcome to the third instalment of the ‘Kaggath vs Series’ in which I’ll be pitting the power bases of iconic Star Wars characters against each other.

In the last battle, Prince Xizor vs Tyber Zann, after a drawn out conflict of bribes, backstabbing and orbital bombardment – the prince emerged as the victor thanks to his expansive intelligence network and bottomless pockets. But on to round three.

For all those of you aren’t aware, the Kaggath is an ancient rite of the Sith, ‘one part duel, one part large-scale dejarik-match’. The two combatants have full use of their power bases, be it armies, strongholds or fleets, in order to outwit and outmanoeuvre their opponent. The Kaggath is no simply lightsaber duel, although it can come down to one, and the arena can be anywhere: a planet, star system or the entire galaxy.

Before we begin, let’s just go over the ground rules again:

  • The arena: the known galaxy.
  • No outside help of any kind, the combatants cannot call upon assets outside their power base, or other prominent powers. This excludes allies of the era, i.e. Darth Sion & Nihilus, Meetra Surik, Alek/Malak, Saul Karath.
  • No outside involvement, other powers will not and cannot interrupt or affect the battle, for the purpose of argument they are non-existent.
  • No surrender, fight to the death!
  • No superweapons, e.g. Mass Shadow Generator, Darth Nihilus.
  • Technology level is universal: blaster fire, armouring, lightsabers etc. is all the same regardless of period, all that matters is size, quantity and power.
  • Use your imagination: obviously these powers existed in different time frames, but let’s just pretend.

So, the combatants: the master vs the student. Darth Traya was a master manipulator, highly knowledgeable and skilled with a lightsaber and the Force. Revan was a talented strategist, and all round exceptional Jedi. (Not Sith, this is pre-Jedi Civil War)

Traya has the forces of Darth Revan’s remnant Empire, including a legion of deadly assassins. And Revan has the forces of the Galactic Republic and the Revanchists (may I make clear that the Revan in this battle is the Revan of the Mandalorian Wars – and his power base is all that he had command over during the said conflict) But who would win? Has the student surpassed the master or is he very much still the learner?

Let the Kaggath begin!
This is a very interesting fight because Traya would (in a way) be commanding the futue of Revan's soldiers. With that in mind, Traya's troops would have a wider variety of leadership.

I'll now look at their strengths and weaknessess:

Who's army is larger/bigger/more numerous? I really don't know - I tend to think that Revan's army would be a bit bigger in this since.

What kind of troops do they have? Revan has more standard soldiers who are generally fighting for their freedom, while Kreia's army consists of men who are more battle-hardened. This appears to be a advantage for Traya (and it may be), but it could also mean that Traya's men are more twisted and morally confused - which could lead to them being turned to Revan's side.

Who's the better leader? This (to me) makes the biggest difference in the game. While Revan is more charismatic, Kreia remains very wise. Kreia would know better how to overturn soldiers, but (and this is a big deal here) she doesn't believe much in the use of soldiers/technology/material things. She is very powerful in the force, but she doesn't believe in standard warfare much at all. I feel as if she would end up putting 'all her eggs in one basket'. By this, I mean that she'd make a plan that didn't fully utilize the strength of her army. She's very dependant on the force and all her dirty plots - I feel that she's a great leader, but not a good general. Does that make since? So I'd give the generalship edge to Revan.

One-on-one duel? That's tuff. If this was Revan during his prime, I'd give it to him. But as it is, it's a coin toss.

Who do I think would win? I'm not yet sure. I'll make my vote once some other points are made.